And for some reasons I have started to feel like I’m actually older than I really am. 😒😟
Maybe my staying mostly indoors has something to do with it, because thanks to MDCN, yours sincerely has been living a pretty domesticated life lately.
Like I’m almost always home all day, everyday, and I have actually started reading articles for stay-at-home mums (just because), only that I’m neither married nor with kids yet. Sigh.
So my domestic roles cut across being a personal trainer to my parents (in our amateur morning stretching exercises 😂😂😂),
to helping to plan and prepare Family Meals (because I love Food Time Tables),
and also playing the House Doctor, especially prescribing antimalarial drugs (because if it looks like and feels like Malaria, it’s likely Malaria, right? I know WHO now recommends testing before treating Malaria, but with the ceaseless rainfall and relentless mosquitoes at home, there’s no time to waste time).
Just so you know, in the last week of June, I was also a victim to what I suspected to be Malaria and it rendered me almost useless to myself and those around me. I stayed in bed for days and even suffered a bout of depression (not clinically ofcourse). It was while recuperating that I wrote this poem LIFE 101.
Sickness of any type is especially frustrating for me because not only is it distressing, I also find it depressing and distracting. Bottomline is I don’t like to be sick, because it puts me out of CONTROL. Medical doctor or not, Sickness is Terrible!
Anyway, I’m so thankful I’m back on my two feet without having to go into the Emergency room. Hallelujah!
Now let’s roll into the JULY VIBES!
1. Song on replay:
Love me too much (Travis Greene)
2. Scripture for the month:
This is a much needed WORD for my season of wait!
3. Currently reading:
– The four loves (C.S Lewis)
“Friendship can be a school of virtue but also a school of vice. It makes good men better and bad men worse.”
– Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)
“If God has spoken, believe him. Go where he asks you to go; listen to what he says to you. Follow this lion as he leads, and trust the “knowing” even when others might not understand.”
– Unstoppable (Christine Caine)
“Faith is always one generation from extinction and we are the ones entrusted with carrying the baton for this generation and handing it off to the next.”
– Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Peter F Drucker)
“Innovators should not be rewarded for failure but certainly not to be penalized for trying. An innovation is expected to start small but end big.”
– Passing It On (Myles Munroe)
“Mentoring has more to do with association than with instruction.”
– The Bible: The book of 2 Kings
– The 30-31-30 Devotional by Eziaha.
In one word, the devotional is DEEP! You need to read it to understand what I’m saying. God bless Coach E as always! Pls download the FAB E Reader Apphere and look up the devotional too, even if it’s the free version.
4. Still learning:
Spanish and Igbo languages.
5. Just completed:
An 8-week StoryCrafting Course Online, and I’m so glad I participated.
Among other things the course has helped me to pay a closer attention not only to what I write, but also how I write. Another class is coming up soon, so if you’re interested you can check out this link.
6. Recent Adventure:
So I bashed my Dad’s car while driving into our compound one sunny afternoon 😂😂😂
insert *Tony Tetuila’s You don hit my car*
Thank God nothing was broken and no one was injured! My parents were kind enough to laugh it off, and everyone began to recount their bashing experiences too…lol
7. New Muse
I started keeping a Goodness Journal from the first of July.
This beautiful journal is a gift from my mum and I love how colorful it looks.
So basically it’s like A Book Of Remembrance for every good deed done (or kind word spoken) to me each day, whether by a loved one or a total stranger. The idea is to be able to reflect on these, when things get a little bit tough and also to keep my benefactors in prayers. So for every good thing you do to me this month, I get to treasure it forever! So what are you waiting for?😜😅
Eunicesmiles blog is a great place to be, whether you’re a first time reader or a returnee.
I run a Journal kind of blog, where I write about topics that I’ve spent time to reflect upon. In other words, my blog is like an open book, which anyone and everyone is free to read about.
My favorite topics centre around God, Life, Christianity, Medicine, Family, and Friends.
The primary goal is to INSPIRE as many people that find their way here, by sharing my thoughts, lessons, challenges as well as victories, and ultimately introduce them to the person of my faith, Jesus.
The message of my blog is simple: The best time to live is NOW!
Not Yesterday. Not Tomorrow.
And what better way to Live than to Believe in the one who gave his Life, for you and for me?
He is the reason why I live.
Sometime in 2015, I wrote this post highlighting some of my reasons for writing and well, blogging in particular. Those reasons haven’t changed much over the years.
Today, I’m thankful for this BLOG.
It’s one of the things that gives me so much joy.
And this makes it three years since I started blogging.
It was something I couldn’t have imagined doing until I had enough courage, motivation and enough momentum to begin.
I’ve been richly blessed in many ways since I started this blog. Here are a few of them:
1. Self discovery- This blog has made me realize a lot about myself, my likes/dislikes, musings, attitude to life and everything in between.
2. Creativity– I’ve also had the privilege of learning, discovering and working on a few creative ideas (like photography/videography/advertisement) by virtue of running this blog. My writing skills have remarkably improved too.
3. Inspiration– Tbh, this blog has been a source of inspiration to me as well. Sometimes I read a post I wrote in times past and just smile. I’ve found encouragement and motivation in down times, through the pages of this blog. For that I’m thankful.
4. Diligence- Well as a matter of fact, running a blog isn’t as easy as one is made to think. Especially when no financial renumeration is involved. My responsibility towards my readers is my main motivation for trying my best. This is a platform I do not to take for granted, because I never know who needs the words I have to offer. Thankfully, I get some encouraging feedback from time to time.
5. Fame– Haha. Pls believe me when I say this blog has given me a level of fame. I mean on a global scale too…because I have readers from all over lol. For that I’m thankful. A number of times I’ve had people approach me unexpectedly and say, “So you run a blog?” And I’m like “ok, so how did you find out?” The response differs from time to time.
Thanks to everyone that has contributed to the blog through liking, commenting or by simply following my posts.
Thank you for being here, anonymously or otherwise.
There is no BLOG without you.
I can’t confidently say whether this blog is for a season or is indefinite, but for now, it’s a platform I’ll continue to use to the best of my abilities to reach out to others.
Hey, before you leave!
So as a way of saying THANK YOU, I have decided to do a giveaway. I will be giving out tokens of airtime (MTN, GLO, AIRTEL & ETISALAT) to FOUR of my blog subscribers.
PS: The giveaways are exclusive to my Nigerian followers only. I hope in future I can extend the giveaways to my readers across the globe.
The winners will be announced (hopefully) by Friday, the 10th of May, and I will give further instructions on how to claim the prizes.
Spanish phrase for the day:
Tiengo un perro- I have a dog
(PS: Our family dog, Captain, who had been sick for sometime, died a few days ago. It was a sobering time for me in particular, as I was the last family member to see her alive. Thankfully, she left a 3-year old daughter, Lucy, and we hope she lives in good health for many years to come).
One of my favorite things is to look into the scriptures and see it come alive in my own life.
“The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 GNB
By meditating on the scriptures, I’ve been able to get more insight into his wonderful promises.
Every now and then I come across a part of the scriptures that literally blows my mind…and I’m just like WOOW!
Here are three things the written word of God does in my life:
1. It enlightens
2. It encourages
3. It empowers
A few months back I gained a better insight into this bible verse:
Bread is NOT enough.
You simply can’t be sustained on carnal food or the philosophies of this world or the shallow opinions of men or even the convictions of your own heart.
You need God’s word to live.
There are lots of issues beyond human comprehension. I have several testimonies from the past year that there is always a word for every season I found myself in, if only I’m diligent enough to listen.
For instance, a few months ago on my return to Nigeria, I found an apartment in Lagos and moved in with a friend.
Unknown to us the power (electricity) situation in that neighborhood was extremely poor, on some days our light bulb didn’t blink at all.
For the first few days I was frustrated and lived in a state of despair to the point of second guessing my decision to take that apartment in the first place.
Then a friend invited me to church on a particular Sunday, and the sermon was so astounding that I returned home to begin to confess God’s word and to declare that we had light in the house….and soon enough it came to be.
You see whenever we key into God’s WORD in obedience, the results are EXCEPTIONAL.
There’s nothing more important to the believer than God’s word.
It is laziness for a Christian not to study God’s word on a daily basis.
It’s not enough to listen to sermons or use a devotional.
Learn to develop the habit of going deeper into God’s word.
Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Believe it. Act upon it. Share it.
One revelation from God’s word can change your world in a moment.
Here are some resources I use that can wet your appetite for studying the bible:
God’s word…don’t just read it, live it. James 1:22
10 Scriptures to meditate on:
“Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 GNB
“Dedicate them to yourself by means of the truth; your word is truth.”
John 17:17 GNB
“I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.”
Psalms 119:11 GNB
“Your word, O LORD, will last for ever; it is eternal in heaven.” Psalms 119:89 GNB
“So also will be the word that I speak — it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11 GNB
“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night.”
Psalms 1:1-2 GNB
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,”
2 Timothy 3:16 GNB
“Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 GNB
“For the bread that God gives is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
John 6:33 GNB
“Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures for ever.”
Isaiah 40:8 GNB
I have met a number of people who say things to suggest that friends and friendships are simply…overrated.
They claim they don’t have friends and don’t need them anyway.
They tend to make several excuses to prove those points. They usually keep busy by focusing on themselves, their families, career, ministry, or one social cause or the other.
I’m talking about those who have been afflicted one way or the other by “supposed” friends. I know that is such a sad experience to have and it often prevents future friendships from budding.
In two of my previous posts, Friends, Friendships & Friendliness (2015) and TRUE FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE (2016), I think I have made a good case for the importance of having (the right kind of) friends.
I’m happy to say that I still hold on to those beliefs, and I’m yet to have an experience with a friend that has left a sore taste in my mouth (not that I want to).
Today, I’m thankful for the beautiful friends God has blessed me with.
The truth is that I’m not really good at making friends.
Let’s just say I’m a bit awkward in social gatherings. But the few friends that I’ve had and that stayed, are as beautiful as they make them.
My med school days are some of the best highlights of the friendships I’ve had. And I miss that.
Everything from get-togethers to sleep overs, to casual hangouts and being treated to restaurants or with take outs (the jolly days of Chinese and Subway 😰, thankfully our Naija also has KFC franchises all over the country), or just staying home to watch movies or play games or talk about life…which is my most favorite thing to do.😉
I have had friends who made my hair at no cost, took me shopping for groceries or paid for my fares out of their benevolence, when I was wanting financially.
I even had a friend who would make me meals and bring it over when I had nothing to eat; the same friend once babysat me all through the night when I was sick and did all the running around because I had to travel to another island for a VISA biometric capturing, the next day. What a huge relief it was for me.
Towards the end of my stay in SVG, I left the apartment I was living in. Two lovely ladies took me into theirs, housed and fed me for a couple of days. I’m not exaggerating when I say they literally doted on me throughout my stay. It was like being waited upon in a 5-star hotel, with room service. I had such a cozy experience.
From there I moved into another friend’s apartment and stayed with her until I eventually left the island. She also went the extra mile to take good care of me. I have been so blessed with such friends and I will always remember them for good.
I’m especially thankful for friends of the same faith. There’s nothing as wonderful as having sweet fellowship with your christian friends.
I belong to a Small Bible Study Group, made up of a few friends and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve had in my christian walk. It’s such a privilege to study God’s word and discover some deep truths together. More so we hold each other accountable based on what we learn and our lives have been imparted remarkably.
Since returning to Nigeria, my friends have rallied around as much as time, distance and our schedules permit. Shoutout to,
-My sweetheart, Funbex (who with her husband), hosted me in her lovely home (not minding our marital status difference 😄),
-My wonderful Wanimi, who went out of her way to help my family give me a befitting (surprise) welcome home party,
-My amiable Walopxy, one of my faithful girlfriends who has stayed all these years, checking on my wellbeing every now and then, because she’s caring like that. May the flames of our friendship burn for many years to come!
Drs. Bunmi and Ify, who made my experience at LUTH worthwhile in every way.
Derayo, our paths have divinely crossed again. Lord B, it’s a blessing to finally meet you.
And to, Ibksinging, Wiseguy, and Tdeemc, the gentlemen who on separate occasions, treated me to the Lagos hospitality.
Of course, Uncle B (my friend from jand😅) who paid me a visit in IB.
And to the others (Ayoigbala, Barrysome, Dr. DJ, Niyot) who have kept in touch, even though we’ve not visited…I appreciate you in every way.
For my friends in the Diaspora, Asholly, Ede et al, thank you for checking on me PRN. 😘
Thanks to you all for the all kindness you have shown to me.
What joy it is to have friends walking in purpose and committed to serving God all the days of their lives. That has been my TESTIMONY.
Let me just share a few nuggets with you from my little wealth of experience (I’m by no means a scholastic authority on this subject):
1. Friendship is NOT always about you.
Yes, we must never forget that. Sometimes we are too carried away by our own needs that we are often blind to the needs of others. Sadly, I’ve found myself making this particular mistake more times than I’d like to admit.
It is true that there are benefits to every friendship but if you make the friendship about you ALL the time, you’ll lose out eventually.
It’s not always about what you like, what you want, what you need…it’s about them too.
Selfishness is something that rips friendships apart more than distance or time. One good way to nip it in the bud is to pray for your friends and then check on them, especially when you feel they are acting detached because you don’t know what’s really going on behind the scenes.
It’s cheap emotional blackmail to whine and complain all the time that your friends don’t keep in touch, when you never bother to text, call or visit them either.
There was a time I accused a friend of forgetting to call me on my birthday, and guess what? The said friend had actually been on admission in a hospital. How selfish of me.
If you however have a friend that is only around when they are in need and soon disappears after, please run! run!! run!!!
2. Your FRIENDS are different from you, don’t try to change them.
I’m a chronic phlegmatic, cool as cucumber, hardly ruffled on the outside but acutely sensitive to the atmosphere around me.
Bottomline: I’m an INTROVERT with bold letters.
My point is, I’m wired differently from my next door neighbor, Sally Jones who seems all over the place, the typical extrovert, blasting music from dawn to dusk, laughing hysterically at anything and everything that seems funny, and lives for the FUN of it.
And that’s okay.
A good attempt at self discovery, will help you appreciate the intricate yet complementary differences seen in others.
I love to watch others have fun even when I’m not participating (or particularly enjoying it) and when it’s time to have my own kind of fun (books, animations, writing), which is boring to most of my friends anyway, I simply excuse myself.
It’s NOT okay for your friends to be anything but themselves when they are around you.
Now when it comes to values and principles that you live by (like integrity, honesty, diligence, discipline), ensure your friends have similar values.
If they don’t help to build you, please leave them.
3. When it HURTS, it’s alright to say so.
Here is one we often take for granted. Like any two smooth surfaces in motion experience friction, friends will occasionally rub off each other in ways that unintentionally hurt. The mistake we make is to keep such hurts inside until our hearts get scarred and the next best option is for us to drift apart.
Only God knows how many friends destined for greatness have been cut asunder by the seeds of bitterness.
I’m not suggesting that you go on nagging about every petty thing your friend does wrong, but you can learn how to communicate effectively when you’re not pleased about a situation.
Granted it might sting your friend at first (most friends assume they give their best), but a good friend will appreciate the feedback and you both can confront the issue and adjust accordingly .
By God’s grace, as I keep learning and becoming wiser, although I’m a long way from becoming the kind of friend I want (need) to be, I’ve certainly grown and my friendships have blossomed and gotten richer over the years.
Also remember that there are several categories of friends, old friends, new friends, special friends, casual friends, close friends, distant friends…no one size fits all.
Every friend is there for a reason and will be needed at one season of your life or the other; as the saying goes,
“A friend in need, is a friend indeed.”
Here are some biblical verses about friendships:
“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (MSG)
Proverbs 18:24 “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (MSG)
“Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious-don’t get infected. (MSG)
“Better a nearby friend than a distant family.” (MSG)
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” (MSG)
“By yourself you are unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst.” ( MSG)
To my many lovely friends, I say thank you for the beautiful experiences I’ve had. I do not take the bond between us for granted.
So what are you thankful for today?
Spanish Phrase for the day:
Nostros bebemos leche – We drink milk.
Have you ever been in a season of life when everything about you seems slow and routine, while other people around you seem to be doing exploits for God’s kingdom and kicking the devil’s butt?
That was me, a couple of months back. I was fresh out of medical school and had much free time on my hands with a million ideas and no particular direction.
I felt such a great need that I started pouring out my heart to God in the place of prayer. I had started following Coach E’s blog some months before. Around August of last year, she announced applications for the first TFSA (The FAB Sistership Academy) and I was more than excited…finally, my prayer had been answered!
But, after I got a message that I was qualified…I still wasn’t added to the group for some technical reasons. My, I was disappointed…raved and ranted for a few days, but eventually calmed down. I told God that if I didn’t need to be part of that group (right then or in future), then no problem. He (GOD) gives me all I need.
Fast forward to November, I think. The second TFSA announcement came up and I reapplied and got in. It was about the best 5 weeks of last year for me. The lessons were EXPLOSIVE, ENLIGHTENING & EMPOWERING!
Unfortunately I can’t download all those life lessons here but they have been FUNDAMENTAL to my growth spiritual and mental growth, for life.
Coach E was so open and raw…and the ladies in the group were such a blessing (despite the age, career-line, and marital status differences).
Today I’m thankful for TFSA and the opportunity to be a part of it.
I’m thankful for coach E, and how God keeps using her to touch lives remarkably.
I’m also thankful for all my TFSA sisters and the sweet bond between us. I’m yet to meet any of them in real life, but they are like the most amazing set of Christian ladies I’ve come across (no time for petty jealousies, gossips or malice), each of us still diligently running the race God has called us to.
Even after the Academy was officially over, the group still remained, and has been so much of a blessing to me since the year began. From sharing DDK’s Reflection and Planning Journal, to over a dozen christian/motivational books (Lisa Bevere, Joyce Meyer, Max Lucado e.t.c) for free, sermons, event invites and a LIVE video conference (by Student finance coach, Eby)
TFSA was also where I met my special person, Dr. T of Tamie’s Alcove, we have so much in common, that you’d think we are like sisters separated by distance.
It’s no COINCIDENCE I tell you, it was divinely orchestrated.
What are you thankful for today?
Spanish phrase for the day:
Tengo un perro: I have a dog
Often, when I remember what growing up was like… I just smile. The playing, acting, eating, singing, sometimes arguing or even fighting together.
Now that we are all grown and mature, let’s just say things are not as they used to be, still we try to have fun as much as our schedules, time and distance permit.
BROTHER TAG @OSESE
1. He (26 moons and 6 dawns)
2. A lot of things…he is jovial, nice, musical, allows me to eat from his plate (even when he is frowning), teaches me a lot of handy stuff around the house, chauffeurs me around town, dashes me money (what more can a little sister ask for 😄) etc
3. He says we look alike…😂😂 [I can’t think of anything else]
4. Random stuff…gisting, hanging out, throwback songs, kid games like Name, Animal, Place or Things (my favorite😅)
5. BC, Egbonsky, Goldenbrother, Smat, Nirankeyz…
6. He doesn’t joke with FOOD, like seriously, dude can like to eat…maybe it’s just a guy thing sha.
7. Plenty memories…primary school days, traveling in the car backseat and singing our lungs out, that late night trip to former Wonderland (Abuja)
SISTER TAG @OSEBI
1. I (57 moons and 6 dawns)
2. Brainy, Black & Beautiful, mouthed, our family tailor (sorry, fashion designer ☺️), allows me to use her makeup and wear her clothes whenever I like…😉
3. My look-alike in shape, size, height, face (minus the glasses), lots of similarities in thinking (Women rights and feminism topics), life goals (family, career, vacations), creative writing, event planning etc
4. Same as OSESE
5. P, Princo, Cindy
6. She can sleep for Africa…no controversy (sorry babe, couldn’t help it😘)
7. Play acting as little girls, late night convos as adults
Again, I’m thankful for my siblings…their support in times of distress is of immense value. Family is not a right but a privilege…and I do not take mine for granted.
Love you bro and sis❤️❤️❤️
What are you thankful for today?
Spanish phrase for the day:
Me gusta cocinar- I like to cook
I’ve returned as promised. I hope I can finish working on all the skipped posts, before the month is over. So help me God.
This year makes my parents marriage…a whooping 30 years!!!
A whole 3 DECADES…Glory!
Although the D-day is still a couple of months away, it’s not too early to give God thanks for his unending mercies over them.
-30 years of togetherness in good and bad times
-30 years of commitment and selfless dedication
-30 years of building a home and nurturing a family
Today, I’m thankful for my parents. It’s a privilege to be a product of their loins. There’s so much I’m grateful for:
The solid upbringing
Thank you for the gift of koboko*(a.k.a bla-la), following the biblical principle of not sparing the rod at the expense of the child (Proverbs 13:24), evidently this particular child didn’t spoil…lol. And there was plenty of pampering alongside the discipline too. All in all, kudos to you guys!
The unprejudiced investment in my education
Thank you for believing in training the girl-child as well as the boy-child. I appreciate all your toils over the past two decades in helping me achieve this level education. Thanks for the many times you had to go without, to ensure I had everything I needed to succeed. I’m forever grateful.
The spiritual instructions
For you, Jesus is the first, the last and all that is in between. I’m particularly thankful to you for the support you’ve always given me to serve in God’s vineyard…from secondary school days uptil medical school, your encouragement did not waiver, for you serving Jesus is always the right thing to do.
Easy going daddy, always excited about my success
Shebi we look alike?🤓
Ever caring mummy, going the extra mile to see me happyYes ke, we did combo sef..lol😉Happy PEARL Anniversary, Papá y Mamá
Cheers to many more years in sound health, peace and fruitfulness!
I celebrate you.
I’m so glad to be back and I know APRIL is halfway gone, but I’ll do my customary new month post anyway…I hope it’s been an adventurous ride for y’all.
I’m so glad to have crossed into the second quarter of the year. God in his faithfulness brought me through:
Alleluia (also spelt Hallelujah) means “Praise Ye Jehovah”
The word PRAISE is synonymous with words like bless, celebrate, compliment, exalt, glorify, hail, hallow, honor, reverence, and worship among others.
And that’s what April is about. For the many victories in the past three months…my heart desire is for God’s praises to rise from the inside of me
An insight into what the month looks like for me:
I rejoice in him (SINACH)
❤️ WHAT I’M READING (plus a few lessons):
1. The book of John
So Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave this place and go to Judea, so that your followers will see the things that you are doing. No one hides what he is doing if he wants to be well known. Since you are doing these things, let the whole world know about you!” (Not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, “The right time for me has not yet come. Any time is right for you. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I keep telling it that its ways are bad.
John 7:3-7 GNB
2. Unstoppable (Christine Caine)
In the divine relay, every believer is called to run, and the only spectators are those already in heaven’s grand stand.
3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)
It is not enough for a need to be felt, it also must be understood. Without understanding a problem, we may never be able to find a lasting solution.
4. Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)
A lioness knows her beauty is revealed in her strength. It is captured in what her body can actually do, not merely how it looks. Her attractiveness is undeniable because her power is unquestionable.
5. Passing it on (Myles Munroe)
The only way you can share power is to be confident in yourself. You are unique, no one can steal you. So learn to give yourself away.
6. It’s not about Me (Max Lucado)
Players who seek their own glory at the sacrifice of the team’s glory drive the team away from success. So it is with life. The goal is not our own glory– David Robinson.
– Ify’s Wedding…all roads lead to Nnewi 28/29th of this Month…and yes to Aso Ebi things🙌😄
– My MDCN Induction Ceremony
Finally, yours sincerely gets to practice this Medicine thing😅🤓– Other Goals for 2017
–Ty and Lord B’s visit, for the awesome gifts I received from the abroad😉
and also the very crunchy, yummy, kilishi, all the way from KD.
Our belated Easter outing was yesterday, and we saw the movie OMUGWO…believe me, it was worth every penny we paid😉
1. bookzz.org: An e-library of over a million free books of several genres. Well, for the periods I was indisposed, and unable to blog, I must have consumed at least half a dozen of Agatha Christie’s books. She writes great detective stories.
2. Flo app (for ladies): provides a smart and simple way to track your cycle by making accurate and reliable predictions of your menstruation and ovulation.
Available for free on Android and Apple devices.
3. Musixmatch: an app which projects lyrics of songs played on your device directly onto the screen, so you can sing along.
Also available for free on Android and Apple devices.
It’s been a very loooooooong hiatus (pls grab your dictionary) and I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to be here.
Maybe some of you have been wondering why I’d gone AWOL in the last couple of weeks….
Special shoutout to my personal person, Dr. T of Tamie’s alcove, who was kind enough to ask me in particular. ☺️😘
Ahhh…life has been happening. And just when I think the drama is about to end, a new one begins.
What can I say? God is FAITHFUL.
So my theme song for Melodious Marchwas “I TESTIFY” by Ada. Of course at the time, I had no idea of the challenges that awaited me during the month but I could sense the mighty hand of God working quietly behind the scenes…my testimony therefore is in three folds:
1. A Narrow Escape:
A couple of days to the end of March, the enemy made a very cheap, but unsuccessful attempt on my life, via a motorcycle accident.
Like I never expected it…
It was a lovely and gay Monday morning, and I was feeling especially elated that day. You see, the evening before, my sister (who was on a short visit to Lagos) and I, had attended an awesome worship service at JoshuaVille (Mainland) and I was yet to recover from the experience.
It was in that jolly mood that I wished my sister a safe trip and I left for LUTH.
A few minutes down the road the accident occurred, one moment I was walking, the next moment I was flat on my face. The shock of it all…it felt like an out-of-body experience. In fact, at some point, I wanted to laugh…by then sympathizers had gathered and I found myself being taken to the Emergency room. It was on getting there that I had a release from my trance-like state, and soon enough the tears flowed.
2. Through Pain and Tears:
Thankfully the injuries I sustained from the accident were mostly superficial…chiefly skin lacerations. It was an irony to find myself- a doctor in the role of a rather helpless patient.
The weeks that followed were spent in significant physical and psychological distress. I consumed lots of medications, had a good number of wound dressings and found myself in the dental centre more times than I cared about. To further complicate matters, I was sleeping poorly, eating and drinking shabbily, and suffering from mood swings.
What had initially appeared to be a transient phase was fast becoming a frustrating experience for me. I felt (permit me to say) quite angry with God for bringing such distress my way at such an inconvenient time…the MDCN exams were just around the corner.
If only I knew…
3. Way-Maker, Miracle-Worker and Promise-Keeper:
So it was that at some point, I considered not taking the exams, because my situation seemed hopeless. There were days when I had neither the energy nor the willpower to even study. I also missed a couple of revision classes and there was so much to cover.
Thank God for the support of good friends, like Dr. Ify (Chief of PQs) and Dr. Bunmi (my OSCE tutor)…
(These ladies MUST make Heaven😘😘😘)
Along with the encouragement of other well wishers and my ever-praying parents, I was able to move from a state of despondence to a state of dependence on God.
Needless to say, I passed the exams. And all I can say is… BABA NA YOU BIKO!
“[I] thank the LORD, who has not let [My] enemies destroy [Me]. [I] have escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap; the trap is broken, and [I am] free! [My] help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalms 124:6-8 GNB
The next part of the story is how I transited from being a patient to becoming a caregiver for another, and so my Easter break was practically spent within the four walls of a hospital (Naija hospitals are just one kind), but I won’t bore you with the details sha.
I hope you all are eager to partake of all that God is set to do this season (in your life, nation and globally)…because I AM.
There’s just so much I’m trusting God for right now, and I believe there are endless possibilities awaiting me as each day unfolds.
One of the scriptures I currently find encouraging is,
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” Ps 37:5
I saw this on the blog of someone I admire greatly (Hola doctora!😀), and I decided to adapt it for this post.
a) FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):
“That’s why you and I need to be praying—to keep the truth about our real identity in constant, unbroken focus before us.”
“Truth—God’s standard and viewpoint about us—must come first in our hearts and minds if we want to be effective in
battle against the enemy.”
b) WHEN GOD WHISPERS YOUR NAME (Max Lucado):
“Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.”
“God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.”
“Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.”
“You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.”
“To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance”
c) LIONESS ARISING (Lisa Bevere):
-The lioness rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king.
-The lioness has something which is fierce, wild at the same time beautiful.
d) PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe): “Finishing well is more important than starting well.”
“One of the most difficult decisions a leader has, is to surrender the reins of power to another.”
“Knowing when to leave is so essential that it’s better for a leader to leave too early than too late.”
e) INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker):
– Entrepreneurship is neither a science or an art, it is a practice.
– Innovation is the specific tool for entrepreneurs the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different service or business.
– Not everyone who starts a new venture is an entrepreneur. An Entrepreneur has to have special characteristics over being New Or Small. Your business venture does not have to be small or new to make you an entrepreneur.
– An Entrepreneur doesn’t have to be a business owner, capitalist, or employer.
– People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.
f) AMERICANAH (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie):
I read the preview copy last year, and bought this recently. Interesting and intriguing read, Chimamanda has a way of putting the obvious in a not-so-obvious way.
I could actually relate with this part, even with Vincentians, it’s never “Sorry” but “Are you okay?”
Nigerians on the other hand, will expect you to tell them “sorry” even when you’re not responsible for their misfortunes.
g) THE BOOK OF ISAIAH :
I recently came across this passage and I thought of my beloved country Nigeria, as I turned it into a prayer:
17 “Those who will rebuild you are coming soon, and those who destroyed you will leave. 18 Look around and see what is happening! Your people are assembling — they are coming home! As surely as I am the living God, you will be proud of your people, as proud as a bride is of her jewels. 19 “Your country was ruined and desolate — but now it will be too small for those who are coming to live there. And those who left you in ruins will be far removed from you. (Isaiah 49:17-19 GNB)
2. ❤️Playing: Nothing. Once upon a time, it was CANDY CRUSH, but those days are long gone.
3. ❤️Watching: Nothing ATM. Last watched YELLOW BIRD (last weekend), and in my opinion, it’s booooring….with a CAPITAL B.
4.❤️Listening to: ITESTIFY (by Ada).
Recently discovered it on my playlist and it’s been a recurring song in my spirit. Surely, this month I TESTIFY.
5.❤️ Working on: learning Spanish (courtesy of Fluencia and Duolingo) and Igbo languages (courtesy of Igbovillagesquare on YouTube). It’s been fun all the way.
6. ❤️Eating: Besides real food, lots of GoldenMorn and different kinds of Sausage rolls (Gala, Meaty, Beefie😭😂)
7. ❤️Wanting: Many things….especially a new pair of shoes (maybe silver sandals), a friend’s wedding is coming up this month and there’s nothing to rock my iro and buba with…yet.
8. ❤️Needing: More of God. More of his wisdom. More of his strength. More of his grace.
9. ❤️Loving: The strong, fervent, and godly woman I am becoming.
10. ❤️ Thinking: of passing the MDCN exams in peace and not in pieces……the workload seems overwhelming, but God dey.
11. ❤️Feeling: Blessed to be part of my immediate family. So I ran away from Lagos last weekend, to be with my homeys and how refreshing it was.
The ancient city of Ibadan was welcoming as usual.
The highlight was an evening outing, after a road trip through a part of the city, while singing our favorite hymns and recalling poems/nursery rhymes…of course we took several snap shots (plus a professional studio shoot), followed by a lovely dinner.
And yours sincerely had a big cheese burger that was so yummy….
12. ❤️Celebrating : The publishing of my first book, MY FEGGO DIARIES. It’s basically a memoir about the highs and lows, of my experiences in a Nigerian boarding house.
It is now available for download on Okadabooks app (Googleplay and App Store). I’ll appreciate your reviews and feedbacks.
13. ❤️ Grateful for: The new MONTH.
it is my desire to make MELODY to the Lord with my heart continually, in anticipation of all the testimonies that await me. Like the scripture says,
“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Ephesians 5:19-20 ESV
I decided to dig out 20 of my favorite hymns (in no particular order) and share with you all. You can look up their verses/tunes on the Internet. I hope you’re blessed by them.
What are some of your favorite hymns?
Have a melodious March,
Ps: Thanks to all who supported and contributed to my blog challenge, 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING. I’ll be completing the skipped days at a latter time, which will be communicated accordingly.